Summer Programs

Upper School Summer School

COVID-19 Update

The Buckley School’s top priority is the health and safety of our children and staff. As it stands, we will continue with remote summer courses for Summer 2020. These courses will be taught online.

Registration is open to all Buckley & non-Buckley families. If you haven’t already registered please do so ASAP to reserve your spot. If the course(s) is/are cancelled, registered families will be entitled to a full refund.
We are offering:
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Geometry             
  • Honors Physics              
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Human Development
  • Intersections of Identity
In these uncertain times, we will continue to monitor guidelines from the CDC and consult with medical experts and public health authorities.

Please note that all summer classes will be online and all students will be sent a link to the class' e-textbook online. We have a few spots open in our science and math classes but Human Development and Intersections of Identity are full. Thank you.
Buckley's Upper School Summer School provides the opportunity for students entering grades nine through twelve to enroll in a class that is equivalent to a full year of mathematics, science, or Intersections of Identity. These classes satisfy the school's graduation requirements and allow students to schedule classes with greater flexibility during the school year. Please note that our summer classes are very demanding, given that a school year’s worth of material is covered in only six weeks, or three weeks for Intersections of Identity.
Registration will be open on Friday, January 31, at 3:00 p.m. and will close on April 24. Please click on the “Register Now” links on the Upper School Summer School homepage. If you experience technical difficulties with the registration process, please email

Note: All classes are subject to minimum enrollment requirements.


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  • Honors Geometry

    Classic Euclidean geometry is studied as well as some non-Euclidean topics, including coordinate geometry. Students employ inductive and deductive reasoning, discuss formal proofs, and study problems of measurement of two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures. The rich semantics and structure of geometry are absorbed into the student’s vocabulary.

    Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I, or Honors Algebra I. You must have Math Department Chair Approval to register for this course.

    June 10 through July 21
    Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Fee: $2,200
  • Honors Pre-Calculus

    This course is designed for students who are capable of accelerating their progress in mathematics. The course concentrates on the concepts from algebra and trigonometry, covering complex numbers, polynomial and rational functions, logarithms, conic sections, and polar equations. Students may enroll upon completion of Algebra II Honors. Students taking this course will need to have a TI-Nspire CX CAS calculator. 

    Math department chair approval is required.

    This course satisfies The Buckley School's requirement of one year of mathematics beyond Algebra II.

    Dates: June 10 through July 21
    Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Fee: $2,200


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  • Chemistry (Grade 10)

    This course traces the development of the atomic theory including our pre-atomic understanding of matter, the initial discovery of atoms, the discovery of atomic structure and its explanation of periodicity, atomic bonding, and an introduction to chemical reactions. Atomic theory is then used to help analyze important societal issues such as water quality, atmospheric pollution, food production, energy sources, and material resources. This course is not intended as a preparatory course for AP Chemistry nor does it prepare the student to take the SAT Subject Test in Chemistry. However, it does fulfill the chemistry requirement for AP Environmental Science.

    This course satisfies Buckley graduation requirements.

    Dates: June 10 through July 21
    Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Honors Physics (Grade 11)

    This course will take an algebraic and conceptual approach to explaining the fundamentals of classical physics. Physics is the branch of science that describes motion, electricity, sound, light, and many other topics. Students will learn about the pursuit of science and scientific data, velocity, acceleration, gravity, Newton’s Laws of Motion, vectors, momentum, energy, heat, sound, light, electricity, magnetism and more! Students can expect to apply content to laboratory projects. The concepts will then be extended and applied to numerous word problems of varying complexity.

    This course satisfies The Buckley School's physics requirement. Science department chair approval is required to take this course.

    Enrollment priority will be given to rising eleventh graders.

    Dates: June 10 through July 21
    Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Fee: $2,200

Human Development & Intersections of Identity

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  • Human Development (Grade 9)

    Students are presented with information on study and metacognitive skills, learning styles, stress, nutrition, and fitness related topics, and personal and community health topics. This knowledge is used to facilitate classroom discussions during which students are challenged to analyze this information and to explore their own values and beliefs. This course will help students clarify their personal opinions, be better prepared to articulate their opinions to others, and provide them with necessary information to make educated choices on topics relevant to today’s adolescents. This course is also part of a year-long transition process to help students acclimate to the Upper School.

    This course satisfies the Buckley School's ninth grade graduation requirement.

    June 10 through June 30 (Session 1); July 1 through July 21 (Session 2)
     4 hours per day for 3 weeks
  • Intersections of Identity: Leadership, Diversity, and Equity (Grade 9)

    During this 3-week course, students will examine identity and how it relates to them as well as the values within our school community. Students will engage in authentic conversations related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and contemporary issues impacting society as a whole. This course will help in cultural competency development to compassionately address the increasingly complex challenges of our global society.  Students will study the history and practice of diversity and inclusion, examining their own personal identities in order to enable them to communicate openly and honestly with their peers and with the larger Buckley community. The students will develop leadership skills to effectively engage in discourse and education with the community surrounding topics of diversity, identity, and equity.

    This course satisfies the Buckley School's Intersections of Identity requirement.

    IOI will run for two sessions.

    Session 1 Dates: June 10 through June 30
    Session 2 Dates: July 1 through July 21
    Hours:  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Fee: $1,100

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Dean of Students George Russo at (818) 783-1610, ext. 738 or at

Summer School Dates

The 2020 Upper School Summer School will begin on Wednesday, June 10, and end on Tuesday, July 21. All classes meet daily from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with the exception of the following:
Human Development
Session 1 Dates:
 June 10 through June 30
Intersections of Identity
Session 1 Dates: June 10 through June 30
Session 2 Dates: July 1 through July 21
Summer school will be closed on Friday, July 3
Students must be in attendance for final exams to receive credit for summer school. Exams will not be rescheduled.


Geometry Honors | $2,200
Pre Calculus Honors | $2,200
Chemistry | $2,200
Physics Honors | $2,200
Intersections of Identity | $1,100
Human Development | $1,100

Financial aid is available for summer school. Please contact Dale Bartels in our business office at or extension 723 for more information.